Oz in the News 2.2.14

AR-140138953.jpg&MaxW=650Extensive Oz collection on display in West Bridgewater Visitors are encouraged to check out one of the many Oz-related library books on display, alongside the collection, such as Ozma of Oz, or The Patchwork Girl of Oz. “I think Gail’s collection is wonderful,” said Library Director Beth Roll Smith. “She is letting us all enjoy her hobby of 45 years, and it is a unique collection.” From Ginny dolls to Barbie dolls, Polly Pockets to Snow Babies, Dorothy and her yellow brick road companions are well-represented in McCarthy’s collection. When asked about her favorite Wizard of Oz character, McCarthy didn’t hesitate. “The Scarecrow is my favorite because he uses his brain even though he doesn’t have one,” laughed McCarthy. Though it’s not part of the library display, McCarthy’s all-time favorite piece is a twisted rope apple tree her mother made, with ornaments of all the main characters. “Each character was hand-painted,” said McCarthy, “and it was my favorite because my mom made it.”

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